Top Women In STEM

  • Low Cost Ways to Incorporate STEM into the Classroom

    The STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and math can be very daunting when considering incorporating them more into the classroom. We put together a list of simple activities that can be done with supplies already in the classroom to teach different STEM lessons!
  • Kids & Chess: Why it's important and how to teach them to Play

    When introduced at a young age, chess has been proven to have numerous benefits in a child’s life and developing brain. With ties to academic, social and emotional benefits, there is very little reason why chess shouldn’t be introduced to children at all.

  • Fereshteh Forough, Founder and CEO of Afghan Girls Who Code

    Fereshteh Forough is an Afghan social activist and the founder and CEO of Code to Inspire, the first computer coding school for girls in Afghanistan. She was born in a refugee camp on the border of Afghanistan and Iran and finished high school in Iran before moving to Afghanistan.

     In January 2015, she founded Code to Inspire and opened the first all-female coding school in Afghanistan in November 2015. CTI, based in Herat Afghanistan, is a non-profit, one-year program for young women between 15-25. 

  • UBC is offering All Girls STEM camps all summer long.

    As part of their mission to bring science and engineering to groups that are traditionally underrepresented in STEM (Science, Engineering, Technolo...
  • A TODDLER WITH A 146 IQ BECAME MENSA’S YOUNGEST AMERICAN MEMBER

    Kashe Quest, A  2-year-old from Los Angeles is now the youngest member of American Mensa, a group of highly intelligent people who have scored in the top 2 percent of the general population on a standardized intelligence test.

    "Kashe is certainly a remarkable addition to American Mensa," Trevor Mitchell, executive director of American Mensa, tells PEOPLE in a statement. "We are proud to have her and to be able to help her and her parents with the unique challenges that gifted youth encounter."

     

  • Teachers mark boys’ primary (elementary) school maths tests more favourably than girls, impacting girls’ uptake of advanced mathematics and science subjects in high school.

    The study found that the effects of teacher bias (measured by giving lower marks in mathematics for the same standard of work as boys) persisted for girls, leading to poorer results through their high school years. However, many boys whose teachers over-assessed their performance in the early years went on to be successful in mathematics and science."
  • As Early as Third grade, Girls ask for Less than Boys when Negotiating

    A recent article in Scientific America (April, 9, 2021), examined the negotiation habits of children and found that by 3rd grade, girls begin asking for less than boys when negotiating. 

    "As developmental scientists, and as women who have to do a fair bit of negotiation in our own professional lives, we wondered: Is this something that emerges relatively late, after young adults have developed a more sophisticated understanding of norms and stereotypes surrounding gender and negotiation? Or are these differences more deeply rooted in development, emerging as early as childhood?"
  • Dasia Taylor: A High Schooler Invented Color-Changing Sutures to Detect Infection

    In the country’s oldest science fair, 17-year old high schooler Dasia Taylor submitted a surgical suture that changes colors to warn of possible infections.

    This invention, aimed at helping surgery patients in Africa detect infections before they become serious, elevated Dasia into the 40 finalists of the national Regeneron Science Talent Search. 

    The sutures are the perfect solution to a problem which Smithsonian Magazine summarizes—where not only are post-surgical infection rates typically higher in Africa, but expensive, smartphone-based infection early warning systems aren’t practical in many African countries where basic cell phones are widely used, but not smartphones.

  • 12-year-old child prodigy graduates from high school with hopes of becoming a NASA engineer by 16

    A twelve-year-old genius has just graduated from high school and been accepted to college with her eyes set on becoming a NASA scientist.

    Alena Wicker is set to attend Arizona State University with plans to become a NASA scientist after graduation.

    "I just had a goal I wanted to get to," Wicker said.

    At 12 years old, Wicker is well on her way to achieving her dreams at Arizona State University.

    The first one on her list is to work for NASA as an engineer.

    "I always liked dreamed of being an engineer because throughout my life I liked building," Wicker said.

    Her passion for building started as an infant with Legos.

  • CELEBRATING WOMEN-RUN BRANDS & ENTREPRENEURS FOR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!

    ACE and RILEY is a women-run start up out of Vancouver, Canada, dedicated to transforming the way girls play. Currently there is a massive gender gap in post-secondary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) programs and careers which can be traced back to the lack of cognitively enriching toys marketed towards girls during the critical neurodevelopmental period in early childhood. ACE and RILEY is committed to levelling the playing field for girls by creating toys, activities and experiences that promote curiosity, problem-solving and exposure to foundational STEM skills while embracing and encouraging a lot of SASS.

    Ace and Riley is owned by 3 amazing women, Dr. Amy Tanner, Chantelle Stewart, and Caylie Valley.

  • Top 10 STEM Valentine's Experiments

    Top 10 STEM Valentine's Day Experiments 

    10 easy to prepare experiments that can be adapted in complexity for any age. We created some free printable worksheets that you can use while conducting your experiments to support the scientific concepts you are exploring. Incorporate the scientific method into your activity by discussing your predictions and coming up with a hypothesis, testing your predictions and documenting your results. 

  • What is STEM and why is it important?

    90% of the brain is developed by 6 years of age. During the first 10 years of life the brain is undergoing rapid transformation of making new neural paths and pruning or ridding the brain of pathways that it does not use. Providing children with an enriched environment of toys, activities and experiences help support essential brain development.